Revealed – how to burglar-proof your home according to ex cons…. and it's not good news for social media addicts

Of course the usual tips like making sure all doors and windows are secure and leaving a light on in the property still apply.

However former thieves have shared with the MailOnline some of the more niche tricks to maximise your homes security.

So here are the top tips…

Staying off social media while on holiday

Telling the world about where you are and what you're doing increases your risk of being burgled.

Crooks who see your posts about being in a sunny place far, far away will only be boosted in their desire to break-in.

So try to avoid uploading your holiday snaps until you are back at home.

Take all ID with you

Not only do crooks want to get their hands on your expensive goods, but they also want your ID.

Identity fraud is another way in which burglars can cash in on breaking into your home.

So it is highly recommended that when you travel, your take your passport, driving license and other important documents with you to prevent this from happening.

Don't keep valuables on display

It's easy to leave laptops, phones and jewellery lying around.

But a peeping burglar could spot these as he scouts out a potential target.

Investing in a safe for your home as a last line of defence for precious valuables is also advisable.

Stay on top of your gardening

A scruffy looking garden sends a message to burglars.

It suggests that you may not be at home very often, and that it could be worth them having a pop at getting inside.

Mow your grass and make them think someone is inside.

Keep car keys away from the letterbox

Inventive burglars don't even need to get into your house to make off with an expensive piece of property.

Using coat hangers or other easy-to-find utensils, a thief spotting your car keys near your letterbox could reach in and nab them without a sound.

To ensure optimum protection, get your letterbox filled and install a locked outside letterbox.

Use a recording of a dog barking

Burglars don't like dogs and dogs don't like burglars.

It will make them think twice about proceeding to try their luck by having a recording of a dog barking built into your alarm system.

Don't leave ladders outside your home

It's always easy to leave the house with a window open when you're in a rush.

Bedroom windows are especially vulnerable, as it tends to be the case that once you leave the room in the morning you won't go back until the evening.

And having a ladder placed in the open outside your home prevents a golden opportunity for a thief.

It's best to keep them locked in a garage or shed.

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